Hello, I’m really sorry for lack of blogging this week, it has been a very busy week with festival preparations and such forth and things are starting to become very exciting as we enter the final stretch of preparations.
Our official Press Release has been issued and you can visit it on our website:
We have also been putting the final touches to our posters which will be displayed around Lancaster city centre and the University campus.
Below is a sneak preview of the poster in its JPEG format:
So all in all its been a very productive week on the festival preparations front. It has been a long process (excuse the awful pun!) of organising ‘Process at Play’ but it is now becoming a very exciting prospect that we are staging our own festival in just over 2 weeks time.
I’ve been checking in with everyone’s work and everyone who is going to be attending to the festival is in for a fantastic treat. There will be photography, paintings, installation, theatre performance, dance performance, multimedia. We are all so excited for you all to come and see it! (Literally can’t wait!)
This week I’ve been re – drafting ‘The Darkened City’ based on the feedback I received from my supervisors towards the end of last week. The feedback was mainly looking at the scale and ambition of the project and below are some of the key issues which came out of the discussions:
- What are the rules for the performance? How do the audience know what to expect and what are rules of engagement between audience member and artist?
- What is the central hub to the performance? What is the place / object where by the audience see as the main point to which they can return to get information
- How does the performance end?
- What is the narrative through line?
When I looked at this feedback I felt very over-whelmed because it seemed like a lot of things to try and answer.
When I started to re – draft, I tried to tackle each of the key issues one by one by going back to the start and working through each stage of the performance. The performance is split into 3 distinct sections: Gallery Exhibition, immersive performance, site specific installation.
The statement about the rules of the performance was very apt because up until now I have always felt that due to the nature of the performance, that it takes place over Twitter, text messages and emails that it would be sort of self explanatory, yet this is a big oversight by myself the egotistical artist. It is very easy for me as the creator of the piece to think that is clear what the rules are clear but audiences experiencing it for the first time may not be aware that the performance encourages engagement via social networks, emails and texts. Creating rules for the performance enables the audience to know explicitly how the performance runs and what the rules of engagement are which ultimately leads to a harmony between the creator and the audience aiding to a richer artistic experience.
The central hub of the performance has been a tricky issue to try and navigate through because it relates almost directly to the rules of engagement. The audience must know what the central hub of the information comes from. I’ve been playing with ideas this week that it is the photographer’s website or a Twitter page and that other links spring from this and so if people want to stick to the Twitter page or the website they can do but for those feeling a little more adventurous they can go a bit further.
The narrative and the finale to the performance are perhaps the two most important areas of discussion. ‘The Darkened City’ is a neo – noir, so it is taking place in real time, yet there is a homage to Film Noir’s of the 1940’s and 1950’s particularly through photography. With the Noir background, the narrative focuses on the city and its feel after dark. Without wanting to give too much away, the narrative will focus on the relationships between several characters who are out for their own gain in a city ravaged by corruption and greed. The narrative through line has been very difficult to try and get right because you as an artist want to give the audience enough information but also wanting to leave an air of mystery.
There is a lot left to do for ‘The Darkened City’ but I am very excited to be showing it at ‘Process at Play’.